The House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Readiness met today to discuss energy security. Operation Free sent a letter to the Subcommittee members highlighting the importance of clean energy and supporting the Department of Defense’s commitment to clean, domestic and alternative sources of energy.
The military is committed to research, development, and implementation of new and clean energy sources. To the military, energy means efficiency and safety. The warfighter can experience improved combat capabilities while reducing reliance on foreign oil and stabilizing energy costs when using advanced energy sources and technologies.
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness, Rep. J. Randy Forbes (Va.), questioned the panel of Department of Defense and armed forces representatives. The Chairman stuck to politics instead of acknowledging the Department of Defense’s significant dedication to energy security. The Honorable Terry Yonkers, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Energy, and the Environment, defended the armed forces investment in clean energy in his statements. Yonkers discussed the goals of energy security, national security, economic security, and environmental security describing the prior as not mutually exclusive but all tied together. The Assistant Secretary went on to emphasize that energy efficiency mean effectiveness in operations for the armed forces.
Operation Free calls for a focus on clean, domestic energy production as a means of solidifying our national security. Not only is there the national security concern of releasing our nation from the control of foreign oil, but the advancement of domestic energy sources provides economic opportunities for Americans as well.